Special Assignment: The Cardiac Kid


He is a college athlete, a state champion, and he might be lucky to be alive.

Former Midland High Bulldog Garrett Martin is the first full-time diver in school history at Texas – Permian Basin. He won the UIL 6A State Diving Championships as a senior in high school after a back injury threatened to end his career.

While waiting on a second opinion on his back injury, Martin missed out on recruiting and did not have a college home even after winning state. UTPB started its diving program this year with Martin as the only diver on the roster.

Martin’s high school coach Jennifer Mangum became the college’s diving coach after retiring as the coach for Midland ISD. He went on to qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships for UTPB.

He has had success – only after he has had a number of heart problems. Martin has Shone’s Syndrome which has left him with poor blood flow through his heart.

Martin has had four open-heart surgeries. He first went under the knife when he was just six days old. 

Soon, he might need another.

Martin’s mother Gina revealed to Local 2/Fox 24 this week some bad news. Martin will almost certainly need another open-heart surgery. It will be his fifth at just age 19. He received the news after a check-up and it is possible he will have to have the surgery as early as next week.

Watch the video above for the full story.

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